Self-Driving Audi A7 Heads to CES from Silicon Valley

Audi is ushering in the New Year by demonstrating its self-driving technology.

The German automaker has announced that its A7 piloted driving concept will make the trek from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas, a drive that covers over 550 miles and will take advantage of the latest technologically advanced systems to relieve the driver of driving duties between zero and 70 MPH. The car, which has been nicknamed “Jack” by its development team, is capable of initiating lane changes and passing maneuvers while accelerating and braking independently.

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Accompanying Jack on the trek from Stanford, California to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show will be journalists that attended a training session weeks ago at the Arizona Proving Grounds. Each journalist will “drive” approximately 100 miles with the piloted driving system along with a trained Audi professional test driver from the passenger seat for added safety.

The piloted driving concept features a combination of various sensors, many of which are close to being production-ready according to Audi. Keeping watch of the front and rear of the vehicle are long range radar sensors while a single mid-range sensor can be found in the front and the rear of the vehicle to complete the 360-degree view. Laser scanners are mounted within the grille and the rear bumper skirt while a new hi-resolution 3D video camera, already found in the new Q7, takes a wide-angle view out in front of the vehicle.

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